Ultimate Guide to Mississippi State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Mississippi bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Bar Review Courses · Format · Essay Topics · Schedule · Dates · Location · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources

*Updated June 2020

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Mississippi State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Mississippi Bar was started in 1821, and it developed into a unified, mandatory bar in 1932. It includes about 10,000 legal professionals.

Mississippi is not a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) state. Mississippi has its own bar exam that uses the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the national multiple-choice test. Mississippi uses the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), the national essay tests. Mississippi also requires the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Mississippi State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (unknown takers)

Overall Pass Rate: unknown
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

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February 2019 (102 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 61%
First-Time Pass Rate: 73%
Repeat Pass Rate: 46%

July 2019 (156 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 67%
First-Time Pass Rate: 82%
Repeat Pass Rate: 33%

July 2018 (91 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 41%
First-Time Pass Rate: 65%
Repeat Pass Rate: 22%

Mississippi Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the Mississippi Bar?

The Mississippi bar is administered twice each year in Mississippi (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The Mississippi bar has four parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), Multistate Essay Examinations (MEE), the Mississippi Essay Examinations (MSE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

MBE

The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 40% of your overall score.

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Mississippi MBE Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive MBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the Mississippi bar exam.

  • 1750+ Licensed NCBE MBE Practice Questions
  • Audio Flashcards
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MEE

The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. Your MEE score comprises 15% of your score.

MEE exam essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.

Crushendo offers the most recent MEE questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

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MSE

The MSE consists of six legal essays that deal with Mississippi-specific law. These essays comprise 30% of your total score.

MPT

The MPT consists of one 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. Your MPT score comprises 15% of your score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used.

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What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location

Schedule

Morning Afternoon
Day 1 MSE/MPT (3 hours) MSE/MEE (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)

Dates

  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021
  • February 22-23, 2022
  • July 26-27, 2022
  • February 21-22, 2023
  • July 25-26, 2023

Location

Mississippi Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the Mississippi State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Mississippi bar exam.

The Mississippi Bar application fee for most takers is $600 if you file an early application. The fee is $1,000 for those who do not complete early registration or lawyers who have been admitted for less than a year.

*Visit the Mississippi State Bar’s website for more information.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, you should submit your application by November 15 to avoid late fees. If you file between November 15 and December 16, there is a $325 late fee. If you file between December 16 and January 15, there is a $625 late fee. January 15 is the final deadline.

If you desire to take the bar exam in July, you should submit your application by May 1 to avoid late fees. If you file between May 1 and June 1, there is a $325 late fee. If you file between June 1 and June 15, there is a $625 late fee. June 15 is the final deadline.

In addition to passing the Mississippi bar exam with a score of at least 132 out of 200, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Mississippi, including:

  1. Score 80 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Certificate from Committee of Character and Fitness
  3. Be a graduate of an ABA approved law school

Mississippi State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Mississippi Board of Bar Examiners
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750

 

Phone number: (850) 487-1292

Mississippi Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your current driver’s license or picture ID
  • Admission certificate
  • Jacket
  • Money
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Earplugs
  • Pens, pencils, and erasers
  • Facial tissue
  • One clear plastic water bottle

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Flip flops
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials
  • Sunglasses
  • Watches

Learn more here.

Mississippi Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the bar in Mississippi is 132/200. Scores of the three tests comprising the bar are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 40% of your total score
  • MEE = 15% of your total score
  • MSE = 30% of your total score
  • MPT = 15% of your total score

*A passing score for the MPRE in Mississippi is 75/150.

Mississippi Bar Exam Results

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Mississippi bar exam results released?

Mississippi bar exam results are usually posted six to nine weeks after the exam date.

Can I see my Mississippi bar exam score?

If you passed the Mississippi bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will receive your written examination back.

Can I appeal to have my Mississippi bar exam re-graded?

No. If your essay score is close to passing, it will be automatically re-graded. After scores have been released, there is no appeals process. You can ask to have your multiple-choice scores hand-graded for no extra cost.

How many times can I take the bar exam in Mississippi?

You can take the Mississippi bar without limit.

Mississippi Bar Exam Reciprocity

There is no reciprocity between Mississippi and any other jurisdiction.

Law Schools in Mississippi

Here’s a list of law schools in Mississippi.

Mississippi College School of Law

  • Founded: 1930
  • Located: Jackson, MS
  • Enrollment: about 350
  • Tuition Cost: $18,435 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 61%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.mc.edu

University of Mississippi School of Law